I’ve decided to learn how to knit. Not just because I want to make my own bloody scarves, but because I think it will be useful.
Of course, to the people who get a little concerned about me when I start yammering on about the end of the world, I’m pointing out the accepted benefits- it’s relaxing, it keeps your hands busy so you snack less, you get a pretty jumper out of the deal, learning new skills keeps the brain sharp- but as with all things, I’m mainly thinking about it’s usefulness post apocalypse.
Now, the short sighted and ignorant among you are scoffing. I can see you, you know. I’m outside your house.
Anyway, I can see your point. Knitting is what Grannies do so they can fob you off with some lumpy jumper (sweater, for the Americans) with three arms and two neckholes, right? Wrong. Knitting will be extremely useful post apocalypse, and not just for women. Men should learn this too. Let’s cover the obvious first, shall we?
How are you going to get clothes post apocalypse? Eventually the ones you pack will tear and wear out. The ones in the shops will rot. Then what? Go naked? Never fear. Knitting (and weaving) are some of the earliest known ways to make clothing that’s not just animal skins tied to your limbs. A skilled knitter can make very fine, soft fabric, repair holes. As for those caiming getting wool will be difficult- well, that’s why you take sheep or goats with you. Comb the wool and twist/felt it into long strands. There. Wool. You can even dye it with plant juices if you wish.
So, OK, you get clothes out of it, and that’s a pretty sweet deal. But how else can I persuade you to start knitting?
Any skill or craft that requires a lot of hand movement means you develop Manual Dexterity. I haven’t played violin for years, but I can still stretch and flex my fingers in almost unnatural ways. And if you can’t think of reasons manual dexterity would be important post apocalypse, you aren’t thinking hard enough.
Manual dexterity is a massive survival skill. Our opposable thumbs and big brains helped us to figure out tool use, which led to our civilisation now. Don’t let your hands become useless lumps only fit for typing.
All of you, Male and Female, should be looking up knitting courses right now. Before you make an excuse, bear in mind you have the internet at your fingertips.
While you’re at it, consider learning weaving and leather work. It can’t hurt.
Certain skills may seem useless or even archaic in the modern world, but you’d be surprised how good they will be post apocalypse. Gather knoweldge and skills. The more you have, the more likely you are to survive.